Editor’s Note: This week marks the 27th anniversary of the Redlands Bicycle Classic in Redlands, California. As the race opens Thursday, we take a look into the VeloNews archives at a selection of the best moments from the U.S. domestic season opener. Today’s pick: the 2000 men’s race, when an unknown David Zabriskie came out of nowhere to tie 1996 runner-up Chris Horner on time in the final GC.
In the spring of 2000, David Zabriskie was a quiet kid that had garnered a few decent results during the spring races in the desert southwest, but when the 7-Up-Colorado Cyclist rider attacked late with teammate Clark Sheehan and the pair held on to win stage 1 of the Redlands Classic, the peloton took notice. A three-day battle ensued between a young nobody and Chris Horner, whose Mercury squad was a big dog in a small lot.
Our Bryan Jew was there and told the story in the April 3, 2000 issue of VeloNews. Casey B. Gibson supplied the images that catalogued the tightest Redlands in history.
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